Any Animal That Touches Lethal Lake Natron Turns to Stone

Published on Oct 1, 2013 – by The Cosmos News

There’s a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.

Photographed by Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, petrified creatures pepper the area around the lake due to its constant pH of 9 to 10.5—an extremely basic alkalinity that preserves these creatures for eternity. According to Brandt:

I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.

I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.

The rest of the haunting images follow and they feature in Brandt’s book, available here. Or, you could go and visit for yourself—but keep a safe distance from the water, please. [New Scientist]

4 thoughts on “Any Animal That Touches Lethal Lake Natron Turns to Stone

  1. Any chance we could send the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government on a vacation to this lake? That’s one vacation I’d be willing to spend some of my tax dollars on!

    1. Well that’s a great idea but if that doesn’t work a trip to the gallows would be another ideal spot for them to wind up at! A patriot neck tie for the treason they are committing and continue to commit !

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